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Press Release
May 29, 2014
FASTRACK Returns to the NQR Lines
No NQR Service at Stations in Manhattan
On Monday, June 2, MTA New York City Transit’s FASTRACK program returns to Manhattan stations along the
N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway lines. For four consecutive weeknights from Monday, June 2, to early Friday morning, June 7, N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway trains will not stop at stations in Manhattan. N Subway trains run in Queens and Brooklyn only, Q Subway trains are rerouted via the D Subway 6 Av Line in Manhattan to/from the 57 St F Subway station, and R Subway service ends early in Manhattan and Queens each night.
Travel alternatives:   
1. Use nearby stations on the 8 Av A SubwayE Subway, 7 Av 1 Subway2 Subway, 6 Av D SubwayF Subway, and Lexington Av 4 Subway6 Subway lines instead.
2. Take the 7 Subway for service between Queens and Manhattan.
3. Make key transfers between trains at Queensboro Plaza 7 SubwayN Subway, 5 Av/42 St-Bryant Pk 7 SubwayD SubwayF SubwayQ Subway, Jay St-MetroTech A SubwayF SubwayN Subway, and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr 2 Subway4 SubwayD SubwayN SubwayQ Subway.
4. N Subway trains make local R Subway stops between Court St and 59 St, Brooklyn.
N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway trains will operate as follows:
N Subway trains operate in two sections (Queens and Brooklyn) as follows:
1. Between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.
2. Between Coney Island-Stillwell Av and the Court St R Subway station.
Q Subway trains rerouted via the D Subway line in Manhattan as follows:
1. Manhattan-bound: After DeKalb Av, Q Subway trains run via the D Subway to 47-50 Sts, then to the 57 St F Subway station, the last stop.
2. Coney Island-bound: Trains originate at the 57 St F Subway station then run via the D Subway to Brooklyn.
Regular Coney Island-bound Q Subway service resumes at DeKalb Av.
R Subway train service ends early in Manhattan and Queens as follows:
1. The last R Subway train to Whitehall St leaves Forest Hills-71 Av at about 8:50 p.m.
2. The last R Subway train to Forest Hills-71 Av leaves Whitehall St at about 9:50 p.m.
3. In Brooklyn, R Subway shuttle service between 36 St and 95 St starts early.
Joseph Leader, Senior Vice President for the Department of Subways, said, "Our FASTRACK efforts have been highly successful in repairing and maintaining a subway system that provides a safer work environment for employees and improves train service reliability for our customers."
During our previous FASTRACK along this corridor in March 2014, New York City Transit repair and maintenance crews completed many tasks along this 7.3-mile long segment of the N SubwayQ SubwayR Subway line.  Workers tested 40 signals and 12 switches.  They installed 20 track rails, 658 track plates, 117 tie blocks, and 85 friction pads. Infrastructure workers repaired/replaced 205 feet of handrail and repaired 99 leaks, cleaned 800 feet of drain line, and replaced 1,030 light bulbs. At subway stations, lighting improvements consisted of cleaning 149 fixtures, replacing 20 fluorescent light fixture ballasts and 1,242 light bulbs.  Workers also painted, repaired 960 feet of rubbing board, and replaced 16 platform signs.  Electronic Maintenance was performed on 259 public address (PA) speakers and 23 PA/customer information systems.  This represents only a portion of what Transit workers are able to accomplish under the FASTRACK program.
FASTRACK has been designed around the careful determination that there is adequate alternate means of transportation, including enhanced services along some bus lines during work periods.  Alternative transportation options will be detailed in announcements and posters on trains, in stations and on selected buses; brochures will be available in both English and Spanish.  Information on this FASTRACK is available on the web at
FASTRACK was introduced in January 2012, devoting four straight weeknights to perform maintenance work in tunnels, stations and on tracks, completely suspending service within a given line segment for a seven-hour period between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., allowing an army of maintenance workers to perform dozens of tasks.   
Our next FASTRACK overnight closure will be on the F Subway line between B’way-Lafayette St and York St beginning Monday night June 9, and ending early Friday morning, June 13.